As you may know, I’m all for raw cacao as the alternative choice to your regular chocolate and that’s because my Raw Cacao Body Scrub is packed full of it! Raw Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of ‘cocoa powder’, the key ingredient when making chocolate or chocolate flavoured goodies. By keeping cacao powder in its raw state, it retains more of its nutrients and antioxidant power. No wonder it’s considered a superfood! Raw cacao contains essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin C, to help nourish your skin and target the appearance of ageing, stretch marks, dry skin and more. Check me out here and I promise to turn your shower into a chocolate milkshake for the skin!
So, whilst raw cacao is great to rub all over your skin, it’s also pretty great to eat. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of five brands that provide you with chocolate made from raw cacao, and you don’t have to be a health nut to make the switch…
Pana Chocolate specialise in raw, organic and handmade chocolate. Their chocolate is also vegan, gluten free, dairy free and soy free. The company started with its founder, Pana, who made, packed and delivered bars himself and has steadily grown the company to a worldwide brand. They stock 12 different chocolate flavours including ‘Sour Cherry & Vanilla’, ‘Rose’, ‘Fig & Wild Orange’, ‘Pineapple & Ginger’, just to name a few. Pana chocolate also have stores around Australia where they sell raw treats, such as colourful raw cheesecake slices.
Loving Earth are based in Australia and sell a range of raw and healthy products. Their chocolate bars are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, fair trade and free from refined sugars. Their chocolate contains as little processing as possible and is also packaged in 97% post-consumer recycled fibre. Their flavours include ‘Hazelnut Mylk’, ‘85% Dark’, ‘Salted Caramel’, ‘Mandarin’ and more.
Alter Eco primarily sell chocolate and chocolate related products, but also have some rice and sugar products. They are created by expert chocolatiers in Switzerland and are all organic, ranging from 47-85% cacao. They pride themselves on providing products that are reliably delicious, environmentally responsible and socially just. Their flavours include ‘Brown Butter’, ‘Coconut Toffee’, ‘Quinoa’ and ‘Caramel’ just to name a few.
Nibmor have a range of organic and ethically traded chocolate products, including chocolate bars and hot chocolate sachets. Their products range from 72-80% cacao and do not contain refined sugar. Their chocolate bars include flavours such as ‘Almond’, ‘6 Spice’, ‘Crispy’ and ‘Mint’. They even bring out chocolates for certain seasons or holidays so keep updated on their website.
Conscious Chocolate are based in the UK, and sell handmade, vegan chocolate bars that contain organic and raw ingredients. Their bars are free from gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugars and are made with biodegradable packaging.
They have a range of different sizes and flavours, including ‘Cheeky Cherry’, ‘Mint Hint’, ‘Goji and Coconut’, ‘Essential Orange’ and more.
So while you're treating your belly to some raw cacao chocolate, why not also treat your skin to my Raw Cacao Body Scrub?!